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46th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival Receives Green Light to Return this October in Brooklyn

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Date: July 1, 2021 Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org   46th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival Receives Green Light to Return this October in Brooklyn   Brooklyn, New York- July 1, 2021- The Atlantic Antic™ Festival presented by Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is making its grand return this fall on Sunday, October 3, 2021, 12-6 pm, rain or shine. Brooklyn’s oldest and largest street festival spans 10 blocks through the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, and Downtown Brooklyn. The AALDC is pleased to bring back the beloved festival to highlight the wares of our small businesses on Atlantic Avenue. In the past year and a half, businesses have experienced substantial economic hardships. The hope with the Atlantic Antic™ is to provide a profitable experience, with new and returning customers rediscovering each small business. For 45 years, Atlantic Avenue businesses and vendors have electrified the street with a little something for everyone including food, clothing, jewelry, and more. Attendees can stroll the avenue with their families and friends to enjoy their favorites such as street corn, crepes, lemonade as well as handmade clothing, jewelry and so much more! Vendors that are interested in selling their merchandise can view and complete the 2021 Vendor Application by visiting https://atlanticave.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/2021-Atlantic-Antic-Vendor-Application.pdf The Atlantic Antic™ Main Stage and Community stage features diverse entertainment. In previous years, the stages’ lineup included belly dancers, R&B local musicians, children’s dance performances, and drumming. Local musicians and acts who are interested in performing on one of the stages are encouraged to contact pr@atlanticave.org. We encourage everyone to be fully vaccinated by October 3rd. If you plan to attend, and are not vaccinated, please wear a mask at all times. We encourage mask wearing for all merchants and vendors as a precaution. Maintaining six feet of distance and using hand sanitizer will be encouraged during the festival for all participants and attendees. We will continue to update and revise our guidelines to address the health conditions in the days and weeks leading up to our event.  Please come celebrate with us on October 3rd. The return of the Annual Atlantic Antic™ is special because the community can once again come together to celebrate the community, cultures, tradition, and food, all in one place.   ###   Note to Editors: For more information and/or hi-res images, please contact pr@atlanticave.org.   Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation, https://atlanticave.org/ The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is a Section 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to further economic development, historic preservation, and cultural enrichment in the greater Atlantic Avenue area. The AALDC provides information, advocacy, produces events and projects that promote economic growth and vitality, for the preservation and development in downtown Brooklyn and neighboring...

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First Annual “Pride on Atlantic Ave.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: May 18, 2021 Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org The First Annual “Pride on Atlantic Ave” Event To Celebrate LGBTQIA+ Community in June   Atlantic Avenue will be beaming with pride for the first ever “Pride on Atlantic Ave” event. The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation, in collaboration with Brooklyn Pride, is excited to launch this colorful celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community on Sunday, June 13, 12-5pm with food, drinks, shopping and music. Start your celebration with a week of Brooklyn Pride events leading up to their 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, June 12th.  Then join us on Brooklyn’s proudest historic avenue, from the Waterfront to Fourth Avenue. Pride month is a vibrant, rainbow-filled recognition of the LGBTQIA+ community and the fight for equal rights. “Pride on Atlantic Ave” will celebrate the community and how much has been accomplished.  Local Atlantic Avenue businesses will show their support for pride with festively, rainbow decorated windows and outdoor dining fences. There will be promotions, discounts, art exhibitions and special offers. Local bars will celebrate with specially created pride cocktails for attendees to enjoy. Everyone is encouraged to come and show their pride with creative outfits, hair, and accessories. Then to post their photos taken that day in front of an Atlantic Avenue business to Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #AtlanticAvenuePride for a chance to be declared the ‘Best Pride Ambassador’ and awarded a prize.There will also be music along the Avenue to welcome and entertain event goers as they shop, dine and stroll. Transportation:  By Subway: Nearby Stations are Hoyt Street 2 or 3, Hoyt Schermerhorn A, C, G walk south on Hoyt Street to Atlantic Avenue; 2,3,D,N,R,Q to Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center, walk west to Atlantic Avenue By Bus: B63 and B61, also nearby B41 and B99 By Bike: There are 8 nearby Citi Bike stations By Car: Parking is available at 200, 255, and 301 Atlantic Avenue and 333 Schermerhorn Street and other lots nearby. Street parking rules apply. By Long Island Railroad: Atlantic Terminal stop, walk west to Atlantic Avenue By Ferry: Take the South Brooklyn route to Brooklyn Bridge/ Park Pier 6 Atlantic Avenue Pride on Atlantic Ave is sponsored in part by Out of the Closet and Investors Bank. To learn more about Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation, visit www.atlanticave.org or follow @atlanticaveldc on Instagram.   ###   Note to Editors: For more information and/or hi-res images, please contact pr@atlanticave.org. Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation, https://atlanticave.org/ The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is a Section 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to further economic development, historic preservation, and cultural enrichment in the greater Atlantic Avenue area. The AALDC provides information, advocacy, produces events and projects that promote economic growth and vitality, for the preservation and development in downtown Brooklyn and neighboring communities.   Brooklyn Pride, https://brooklynpride.org/   Brooklyn Pride is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-managed, tax exempt, non-profit organization working for and on behalf of all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Brooklynnites and all other who support the struggle for equality of the Community. In the spirit of Stonewall, Brooklyn Pride welcomes the participation of all the residents of Brooklyn and the outer boroughs, regardless of age, creed, gender, gender identification, HIV status, national origin, physical, mental, or development disability, race, religion, or sexual...

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The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation Launches The “Atlantic Avenue Spring Fling”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Date: March 4, 2021 Contacts: Abbe Aronson, Abbe Does It and Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant Email: abbe@abbedoesit.com and pr@atlanticave.org   The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation launches   The “Atlantic Avenue Spring Fling” Bonnet Competition, Egg Hunt, with Prizes and Family Fun Socially distanced and self-guided virtual egg hunt along Atlantic Avenue   Brooklyn, NY- March 4, 2021– The “Atlantic Avenue Spring Fling” will be held on Saturday, April 3rd, from 12:00 pm through 5:00 pm, through Brooklyn neighborhoods Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill. Visitors can stroll along the avenue from Fourth Avenue to the Waterfront, to enjoy the no-touch virtual egg-scavenger hunt using QR codes placed on storefront windows of local businesses. Once scanned, attendees’ phone screens will be directed to a fun riddle with a chance to win a prize or special treats. Everyone is invited to dress up in their best Easter bonnet and spring finery and visit selfie stations to take photos. When they use the Spring Fling hashtag (#atlanticavespringfling) on social media, they’ll have a chance to win for Best Bonnet (for an adult, child or furry friend), Best Couple and Best Mask. Each of the five winners will win a special prize valued at $100. Transportation:  By Subway: Nearby Stations are Hoyt Street 2 or 3, Hoyt Schermerhorn A, C, G walk south on Hoyt Street to Atlantic Avenue; 2,3,D,N,R,Q to Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center, walk west to Atlantic Avenue By Bus: B63 and B61, also nearby B41 and B99 By Bike: There are 8 nearby Citi Bike stations By Car: Parking is available at 200, 255, and 301 Atlantic Avenue and 333 Schermerhorn Street and other lots nearby. Street parking rules apply. By Long Island Railroad: Atlantic Terminal stop, walk west to Atlantic Avenue Atlantic Avenue Spring Fling is sponsored in part by Christopher Longo at Stifel, Investors Bank, CNA Insurance, Out of the Closet, and HNY Ferry. With support from and in collaboration with the Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District (AABID) http://www.atlanticavebid.org/ The contactless, interactive experiences used in the Spring Fling on Atlantic Avenue are powered by Verbate.io. Verbate’s platform helps businesses create physical-to-digital experiences, so that they can serve their audience in a variety of ways.   ###   Note to Editors: For more information and/or hi-res images, please contact pr@atlanticave.org.   Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation, https://atlanticave.org/ The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is a Section 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to further economic development, historic preservation, and cultural enrichment in the greater Atlantic Avenue area. The AALDC provides information, advocacy, produces events and projects that promote economic growth and vitality, for the preservation and development in downtown Brooklyn and neighboring...

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Atlantic Avenue Valentine’s Day Gift Guide Has Great Ideas!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: February 4, 2021 Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org   Atlantic Avenue Valentine’s Day Gift Guide Has Great Ideas! Online gift guide makes shopping for that special someone easy with special deals   Brooklyn, NY- February 4, 2021– With less than two weeks away from the loveliest day of the year, it’s crunch time to pick up gifts. The Valentine’s Day Gift Guide features special deals and promotions by Atlantic Avenue small businesses. The shopping destinations are endless, stretching through Brooklyn’s energetic neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill. Shoppers can choose gifts ranging from sparkling heart necklaces, pink/red flower bouquets, love-themed home decor, restaurant deals for two, and of course, chocolate. Designed to celebrate and support the local businesses who have been hard hit by the pandemic, the businesses hope to see Atlantic Avenue thrive and recover from last year. The Valentine’s Day Gift Guide takes the hard work out of choosing a Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone. Shoppers can scroll through the list and click on the name or picture of the items to be directed to the business’ website. Some of the amazing deals include: wine and dine with your Valentine at Kind of Soul with a two for $80 special. Diners will choose an appetizer, entree, dessert and also enjoy a complimentary glass of wine. Shoppers can customize a beautiful roses bouquet by Floral Heights, purchase a Sapphire Gold Necklace from Michele Varian, get hazelnut butter chocolate from M.PATMOS, and an ‘I Love Brooklyn’ pillow from Gumbo. For children, purchase an interactive online class with Treasure Trunk Theatre and build robots with Brooklyn Robot Foundry. For more information and to view the full Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, visit https://atlanticave.org/valentines-day-gift-guide/. Transportation:  By Subway: Nearby Stations are Hoyt Street 2 or 3, Hoyt Schermerhorn A, C, G walk south on Hoyt Street to Atlantic Avenue; 2,3,3D,N,R,Q to Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center, walk west to Atlantic Avenue By Bus: B63 and B61, also nearby B41 and B99 By Bike: There are 8 nearby Citi Bike stations By Car: Parking is available at 200, 255, and 301 Atlantic Avenue and 333 Schermerhorn Street and other lots nearby. Street parking rules apply. By Long Island Railroad: Atlantic Terminal stop, walk west to Atlantic Avenue To learn more about Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation, visit www.atlanticave.org or follow @atlanticaveldc on Instagram. ###   Note to Editors: For more information and/or hi-res images, please contact pr@atlanticave.org.   Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation, https://atlanticave.org/ The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is a Section 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to further economic development, historic preservation, and cultural enrichment in the greater Atlantic Avenue area. The AALDC provides information, advocacy, produces events and projects that promote economic growth and vitality, for the preservation and development in downtown Brooklyn and neighboring...

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Atlantic Avenue ‘Walk the Windows’ November 28, 2020 kicks off Shop and Dine promotions

Release Date: Nov. 30, 2020 Contact: Michelle Karshan, Communications Consultant Cell: 917-853-0433 Email: Michelle.Karshan@gmail.com Atlantic Avenue ‘Walk the Windows’ November 28, 2020, kicks off ‘Shop and Dine’ promotions. Local community organization, who annually produces Atlantic Antic™, works hard to mitigate the impact of the pandemic by showcasing the beauty, vibrancy, and wide variety of Atlantic Avenue shops and restaurants. Brooklyn, New York-Nov. 30, 2020– Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) will host its annual Atlantic Avenue ‘Walk the Windows’ on Nov. 28 featuring Shop and Dine discounts and incentives from participating stores and restaurants from Nov 28 through Dec 13. Look for the red balloons along 1.5 miles of Atlantic Avenue and its side streets from Fourth Ave to waterfront running through charming Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill. There are more than 150 storefronts of shops and restaurants along the strip. Sue Wolfe, Vice President of the AALDC Board explains, that “the holiday season is the perfect time to show your support to our neighborhood businesses. Our businesses have been struggling to stay open. Like you, they love our neighborhood and want to remain here.” Wolfe added, “Shop early, shop local!” On the heels of a successful two-week long Gowanus Art Walk along Atlantic Avenue co-produced by the AALDC, an invitation is extended to all to stroll the avenue and shop diverse and enchanting stores stocked with great holiday gifts, and taste the different foods at specialty shops and restaurants- many of which have outside seating on the avenue and side streets. “Our restaurants also have faced difficult obstacles and are here to help you in every way to make your holiday celebrations special. Dine-in or order but most importantly, show your support,” stated Nat Rubin, President of the AALDC Board. More broadly, Howard Kolins, Interim Executive Director of the AALDC, reminded that “Your favorite businesses have websites where you can shop and pick-up curbside, or have items delivered to you. Karen Zebulon, AALDC board member and owner of GUMBO store at 495 Atlantic Avenue, provides background on the artistic tote bag giveaways. “To drive home the importance of supporting local businesses, a limited number of Atlantic Avenue Shop & Dine cloth tote bags with design by local artist Adam Suerte will be given away at various street corners on Saturday, November 28.” Santa Sightings and Carolers. On November 28, between noon and 4 pm. Listen for Santa’s sleigh bells to lead you to Santa and holiday carolers along the avenue. Window Winners. The annual Atlantic Avenue Holiday Window Design Competition Awards, in various categories, are given to stores and restaurants for the most creative original designs. Judges will view holiday windows of participating merchants along Atlantic Avenue and its immediate side streets. This year’s window judges are documentary filmmaker Allison Prete, filmmaker Jed Rothstein, composer, musician, Steven W. Standard (Strafe), and artists Adam Suerte and John Thorton (see bios below). Annual Holiday Toy Drive. The AALDC will be donating 150 sets of Miss Jessie’s hair products to Providence House, a transitional housing program for women and children. The AALDC will also collect toys to donate to children age 7 or younger at Arbor Inn, a short-term housing program. In coordination with NYC Councilmember Stephen Levin’s office, the AALDC will collect gifts for children up to 17 years old living at the nearby Gowanus Houses. Please bring an unwrapped toy or book, with child gender and age indicated, to the AALDC office. To donate toys, please contact the AALDC office at 718-875-8993 for drop-off dates , times, and locations. Sponsors of this year’s holiday events include Con...

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Get Artsy This Weekend At The Final Weekend Of Arts Gowanus Artwalk On Atlantic Avenue

Media Contact: Stacey Sherman stacey@theshermangroup.com 917-656-3665   Get Artsy This Weekend At The Final Weekend Of Arts Gowanus Artwalk On Atlantic Avenue Enjoy a Boo-rrific stroll, pop up entertainment and specials at local businesses   Brooklyn, NY Oct 29 — Looking for something to do this weekend? Get artsy and take a 1.5-mile stroll along Atlantic Ave during the final days of Arts Gowanus ArtWalk on Atlantic Ave, NYC’s largest “art gallery.”   Enjoy the works of 110 local Brooklyn artists in more than 70 merchant windows, on roll gates, tree beds, outdoor restaurant and construction walls, public spaces and in a few shops along Atlantic Avenue between Fourth Avenue and the waterfront. ArtWalk, which opened three weeks ago, closes this Sunday, November 1. For a map of locations to see art visit https://bit.ly/2HpGxsb. Curated by Arts Gowanus Executive Director Johnny Thornton, guest curators Clémence Mailly, Yvena Despagne and the Imagination Collective, Arts Gowanus ArtWalk on Atlantic Ave is a collaboration between Arts Gowanus, the Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District and the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corp.  “The art up and down Atlantic Avenue — from the vibrant street murals, to the photos on garden fences, the most intricate drawings and upcycled sculptures —is breathing a sense of hope and imagination into the neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Gowanus, and Downtown Brooklyn it connects. As an artist, I’m beyond excited that our local arts community collaborated with local merchants to use art to boost morale, especially now.” said Johnny Thornton, executive director, Arts Gowanus.  Created to support and celebrate local artists and businesses suffering as a result of the pandemic, ArtWalk is lifting spirits and bringing people back to Atlantic Avenue to connect the community and local merchants in a safe way. “You know the old adage ‘art heals?’ I can’t think of when I’ve seen a more visual example of that than this ArtWalk,” Thornton added with a wide smile. During this final weekend, ArtWalk is planning some BOO-rific Halloween fun on Atlantic Avenue this Saturday. Many Atlantic Ave merchants are participating in the Halloween Pumpkin Hunt (www.halloweenpumpkinhunt.com) and will have pumpkins in their windows for little eyes to spy, and pop up entertainment to keep the day thrilling. Be sure to wear a costume and a Halloween mask to join in the excitement.    Highlights of Arts Gowanus ArtWalk on Atlantic Avenue include:  More than 110 Brooklyn artists exhibiting at more than 70 locations along a 1.5 mile stretch See a map here https://bit.ly/2HpGxsb Saturday October 31 – Halloween Hunt for pumpkins in merchant windows as part of the Halloween Pumpkin Hunt  Halloween decorated windows and specials at local merchants  2pm “Thriller!” performance by James Gaines Creative Outlet, (www.creativeoutlet.org) song and spoken word by 14-year old Javier Gooden, and tap dance by Tamango Vancayseele at Gumbo 495 Atlantic Ave. 2 – 4 pm pop up “Thriller!” and Javier Gooden performances up and down on Atlantic Avenue 5pm – midnite Costumes, cocktails, hot cider and classic movies in the backyard at Hollow Nickel 494 Atlantic Ave    Sunday November 1 2pm – 4pm pop up performances by New York’s all women Afro-Brazilian Samba Reggae Percussion troupe Batala New York All Weekend Long Specials, entertainment and promotions at local merchants 194 Atlantic Ave windows (former Barney’s) group show of more  than 25 artists Hoyt Street Garden:  Stoop Stories photo installation, a pandemic inspired collection of local stories 343 Atlantic Eye Smile, You Smile, a photo wall installation by artist Michael Ayuso that installation speaks to what we’ve missed during the pandemic — seeing each other’s smiles 357 Atlantic Ave “Upcycled” art made of found items created by 6 artists 396 Atlantic Ave...

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